"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a wise heart." (Psalm 90:12)
Today is the day to live for God! Psalm 90, which opens Book 4 of the Psalms, is the only Psalm directly attributed to Moses, though most scholars say it was composed or brought into its present form after the destruction of Jerusalem. It speaks of the transience of human life, the reality of mortality, and the need to receive life as a gift. As James Mays puts it, "The psalm is concerned with the relation between God and time and mortals and time and what that portends for the relation between God and mortals" (Interpretation, 1994, p. 289). J. Clinton McCann, Jr., reflecting on Moses being prevented from entering the promised land, writes, "Moses' problem was time - namely, his time was too short...We always come up short, in terms of time, intentions, and accomplishments" (NIB, 1996, p. 1041).
The psalmist prays that we may "gain a heart of wisdom," so that we do not fritter away our limited number of days on earth with sinful, selfish living, in cynicism or pettiness or despair. The psalmist yearns to live under God's favor rather than fear God's wrath. For Christians, we believe that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has fundamentally and eternally altered the character of the time in which we live. Certainly, as James Mays observes, "troubles come. Life ends" (p. 295). But in Christ our limited, finite lives are transformed and redeemed in the eternal grace of God. This is why Jesus himself taught us to trust God completely, praying, "Give us this day our daily bread."
To "gain a heart of wisdom" is to make the most of the time you have by loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself! Don't put off the act of forgiveness, the move toward wholeness, the gift of reconciliation, the word of confession. Don't wait to worship, to give, to serve, to love. Life is a precious gift. Today is the day to live for God!
Grace and peace,
Trinity United Methodist Church
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